Abe faces delicate balancing act in modifying Japan's defence strategy

JAPAN'S hostage crisis, culminating in the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, was an act of barbarity that deserves the strong condemnation that it got from Japan and the international community. On the foreign policy front, it provides an opportunity for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration to re-examine its security strategy.

What is important is that Japan must not set off down a road that could lead to further confrontation. "Let the nightmare...

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